Diede de Groot defeated in Baton Rouge

Unexpected result in all-Dutch Super Series final 25 Mar 2019
female wheelchair tennis player Aniek van Koot plays a backhand on a hard court

Aniek van Koot sprang a surprise in Baton Rouge to beat compatriot Diede de Groot to the title

ⒸEllen Heath

Aniek van Koot made it two consecutive victories over world No. 1 Diede de Groot at Super Series events as she won the women’s Cajun Classic final in Baton Rouge, USA, on Sunday.

With De Groot having sat out January’s Bendigo Open, van Koot’s third Super Series final in a row saw Netherlands’ world No. 3 repeat her US Open USTA Championships win over her Dutch rival 6-1, 6-4.

De Groot still leads their career head-to-head 12-6.

Both finalists joined forces to take the doubles title following a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Colombian Angelica Bernal and USA’s Dana Mathewson.

Double Japanese celebration

Men’s world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda claimed his first singles Super Series title since last July’s British Open, while compatriot Koji Sugeno secured the quad singles title.

Kunieda beat world No. 8 Nicolas Peifer 6-2, 6-4 in the final. It was the Frenchman’s first Super Series singles final since the 2017 Japan Open.

However, Peifer did celebrate together with Stephane Houdet as they retained their title in the men’s doubles.

Quad world No. 4 Sugeno defeated his Australian doubles partner Heath Davidson 7-6 (5), 6-1 to claim the second singles Super Series title of his career. The Japanese now leads Davidson 6-3 in their career head-to-head.

Together, they left Baton Rouge as quad doubles runners-up to second seeds and home crowd favourites Nick Taylor and David Wagner.

The third Super Series of the year will take place in Japan between 23 and 28 April.